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Well, the Pell tolls for thee, as Cardinal George has faced the court and entered a plea of not guilty over numerous sexual offences.
It seems that the other shoe is on its way to hitting the vestibule floor, as the ruling magistrate has deemed there is enough evidence for Cardinal George Pell to face three charges of historic sex abuse.
Although, it is worth mentioning that magistrate Belinda Wallington has ruled out numerous charges, and according to The Guardian: “…that many of the more serious allegations have been thrown out.”
Owing primarily to the legal constraints, the actual descriptions of the allegations cannot be given out until voiced. Nevertheless, the overture of the case has begun as Pell arrived at the court to a symphonic chorus of camera shutter and voweled complaint.
Inside the doors, Pell entered a plea of not guilty to all remaining charges. To that end, his defence representative, Robert Richter QC, wanted it to be explicitly known that the most serious of the charges have been thrown out, before stating that separate cases against Pell would be their preferred avenue of discourse.
Richter has long argued that Pell had been unfairly targeted, the bell cow of public hatred and furore over the church’s response to clergy abuse. Pell has always strenuously denied all allegations, saying so in a statement back in July of 2017.
With the jury of his peers now set to decide, we’re finally set to find out.
With Pell’s bail set, Australia’s most senior Catholic has agreed to not leave the country, with proceedings recommencing tomorrow at 9am.